Dictionary is a plausible companion for language students. Dictionary is one of the powerful media that enhance not only students’ vocabulary mastery but also other aspects of language. Different characteristics of the user will define the different needs of the dictionary. This is a preliminary study, which provides insights into the dictionary preference and needs of Junior High School students in Jakarta. For this purpose, the researcher used a questionnaire and followed by a focus group discussion. There were a total of 98 students randomly chosen from the three grade classrooms participated in giving responses to a survey. Then, the researcher conducted a focus group discussion with five teachers to confirm the result of the questionnaire. The findings revealed that most students prefer to use a bilingual online dictionary than a monolingual and offline dictionary. Students use a dictionary when they are working on the English task, communicating with friends in English class, and listening to English songs. The result of the study also shows that students looked up the dictionary just when they wanted to search for the equivalent words of the target language and paying less attention to other information. The study recommends that EFL teachers should use a dictionary that is suitable for the needs of the students. The research also suggests that teachers should conduct training on dictionary use in the teaching and learning process to raise students’ awareness of extensive vocabulary input provided in the dictionary.
Volume 12 | 03-Special Issue